Bressummer

Bressummer

A bressummer, or breastsummer, in timber-building, is a beam in the outward part of the building, and the middle floors, (not in the garrets or ground floors) into which the girders are framed. In the inner parts of a building, such beams are called "summers".

It is part of the timber frame construction in the over-hanging upper story in jettying

In addition, breastsummer (but not bressummer) can also be used to describe a dark shade of green. The name of the color comes from the shade of green of the leaves on the trees that were originally used to build bressummers.

 This article incorporates content from the 1728 Cyclopaedia, a publication in the public domain.


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